Jeffrey C. Alexander
Jeffrey C. Alexander is the Lillian Chavenson Saden Professor of Sociology at Yale University. He works in the areas of theory, culture, and politics. An exponent of the “strong program” in cultural sociology, Alexander has investigated the cultural codes and narratives that inform diverse areas of social life. His most recent paper in this area is “Cultural Pragmatics: Social Performance between Ritual and Strategy,” Sociological Theory, 22. He is the author of The Meanings of Social Life: A Cultural Sociology (Oxford, 2003), Cultural Trauma and Collective Identity (with Eyerman, Giesen, Smelser, and Sztompka, University of California Press, 2004), and The Cambridge Companion to Durkheim (2005), which he has edited with Philip Smith. With Bernhard Giesen and Jason Mast, he is the editor of Social Performance: Symbolic Action, Cultural Pragmatics, and Ritual (Cambridge, 2006). In the field of politics, Alexander has written The Civil Sphere (Oxford, 2006), which includes discussions of gender, race, and religion, as well as new theorizing about social movements and incorporation.
Ron Eyerman, Professor of Sociology, received his B.A. from the New School for Social Research, a Masters in Labor and Industrial Relations from the University of Oregon, and his Doctorate at the University of Lund, Sweden. He is the author of Music and Social Movements (Cambridge, 1998), Cultural Trauma: Slavery and the Formation of African-American Identity (Cambridge, 2002), Cultural Trauma and Collective Identity (with Alexander, Giesen, Smelser, and Sztompka, University of California Press, 2004) and the editor of Myth, Meaning and Performance: Toward a New Cultural Sociology of the Arts (with Lisa McCormick, Paradigm Publishers, 2006). Eyerman’s interests include cultural and social movement theory, critical theory, cultural studies and the sociology of the arts.
Philip Smith researches in the areas of social and cultural theory, cultural sociology and criminology. Working mostly from a Durkheimian perspective, he is concerned with the role of symbolic codes, narratives, classifications, morality and rituals in social life and the ways that these structure conflict, identity and action. Smith is author of Why War? The Cultural Logic of Iraq, the Gulf War and Suez (Chicago, 2005), and is co-editor with Jeffrey Alexander of The Cambridge Companion to Durkheim (Cambridge, 2005). His textbooks include The New American Cultural Sociology (editor, Cambridge, 1998); Researching the Visual (with M. Emmison, Sage, 2000); Cultural Theory: An Introduction (Blackwell, 2001) and Law, Criminal Justice and Society (with K. Natalier, Sage, 2005). He has contributed around forty articles and chapters to venues such as: The American Journal of Sociology; British Journal of Criminology; British Journal of Sociology; The Encyclopedia of Nationalism; The Encyclopedia of Peace, Violence and Conflict; The European Sociological Review; Theory, Culture and Society; Theory and Society and The Sociological Review.